Lolland-California summer program in renewable energies (LoCal-RE)
With the growing imperative for renewable energy worldwide, there is a parallel imperative to educate scientists and engineers to the need for renewable energies that fit into their local context; i.e., scientists and engineers working on renewable energies must be sensitive to environmental, ecological, social, and economical considerations. The Local RE Summer research program was established in order to give students hands on experience with renewable energy implementation. The summer program combines theory and practice through an interdisciplinary approach to problem-oriented group work. The program includes extensive field trips to renewable energy installations and guest lectures by experts in academia, industry and government.
The annual Denmark-California Summer Program takes place alternately in California and Denmark, with the 2010 course being taught in Denmark within one hour of Copenhagen. The Summer Program is four weeks long with the first week an online course. The following three weeks are on-site in Denmark and include full-time course work combined with classroom lectures and seminars as well as field trips to relevant energy sites and facilities in Denmark. These site visits will provide participating students with real-world experience and intimate knowledge of the technological and social aspects of renewable energy production and supply at the local level. The participating LoCal-RE faculty include professors and program directors from California and Denmark as well as external professionals and researchers with proven experience in the field.
In addition to lectures and site visits, participants are expected to develop a problem-oriented research project that is completed as a group project. A final report will be produced by the student groups and will include analyses of the identified problem, possible solutions and suggested recommendations.
The program is a conducted in partnership between UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Merced, The Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen University, Aarhus University, Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley and the non-profit organization Baltic Sea Solutions.